The foundation is the soul

September 1, 2011

JESUS: We both want the same thing.
JUDAS: We do? You want freedom for Israel?
JESUS: No. I want freedom for the soul.
JUDAS: No. That’s what I can’t accept. That’s not the same thing. It’s not the same thing! First you free the body, then free the spirit. The Romans come first. You don’t build a house from the roof down; you build it from the foundation up.
JESUS: The foundation is the soul.
JUDAS: The foundation is the body! That’s where you must begin.
JESUS: No. If you don’t change the spirit first, then you’re only gonna replace the Romans with somebody else, and nothing ever changes. Even if you’re victorious, you’ll still be filled with the poison.

– A debate between Jesus and Judas.
From the screenplay The Last Temptation of Christ by Paul Schrader, adapted from the novel by Nikos Kazantzakis.

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One Response to “The foundation is the soul”

  1. Suze said

    I have had a difficult time with my responses to these posts because of the context. But I have read them.

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